Thursday, 4 November 2010

a wander through Little India

For visitors to Singapore, the area of Little India is not top of their list of 'things to do', you are more likely to see tourists walking around Chinatown and buy the cheap 'souvenirs'.  Yet Little India has much to offer and it is not just about food. As an example, Little India Cultural Corner (next to the food court in the Little India Arcade)  transports you back in time through an archival display. There's also a striking display of traditional Indian items and story signs which brings to life the rich symbolism and use of these items.
 
 So if you are visiting Singapore in the near future, do put it on your list of things to see and do whilst here ..... in fact, put it at the top of your list!
Little India is one of Singapore's most colorful districts spreading out along Serangoon Rd, populated by the descendants of the Indians who arrived in Singapore in the mid 1800’s.
 
 

The first Indian settlers in Singapore arrived with Sir Stamford Raffles as assistants and soldiers back in 1819. It is a place where you can get your future told by a parrot while sipping a teh tarik. (The parrot pecks out the cards and the teh is a hand pulled cup of tea). North from Fort Canning Park you soon enter Little India, whose main drag - Serangoon Road - is around fifteen minutes' walk from Raffles Hotel. 

...........  and yes, Little India is about food too!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Today, Little India is the focal point of Singapore's Indian community. Hundreds of Indians assemble on Serangoon Road on Saturdays and Sundays to share the news received from 'home'. The crush has become so dense that the police create temporary passages through the crowds to let pedestrians and shoppers through. During Deepavali, the Indian Festival of Lights, Little India is transformed into a fairyland of gaily decorated, brightly lit streets bustling with shoppers.
   
 
 
 In Little India, spice-scented streets beckon you to a treasure trove of silverware, brassware, ethnic jewelry, jasmine garlands and silk saris. In flower shops, watch garland makers creating beautiful flower leis or have your hands painted in traditional henna designs. 

From the large Tekka Centre (also called the Zhujiao Centre) to the small provision shops, Little India is packed with interesting things to discover.

Don't miss the Little India Cultural Corner (next to the food court in the Little India Arcade) which transports you back in time through an archival display. There's also a striking display of traditional Indian items and story signs which brings to life the rich symbolism and use of these items.
 
 and I have not even mentioned Mustafas .......

Mustafas is in Little India and is a shoppers paradise. I have never seen stores with such a huge variety of products. The variety and the range of products is mind boggling. It seems to be endless. By the time you are out of the shop, I am sure you need a foot massage. ... and it open 24hrs.

From chocolates to consumer durables, from stationary to grocery, from apparels to bicycles, from cosmetics to jewelry, from toys to electronic gadgets, from sports/exercise equipments to perfumes, from hardware to souvenir, from watches to digital cameras and magnificent fabrics not seen elsewhere, you get everything possible under the sun in this one huge store. If you want to shop in Singapore……this is the place…..everything under on roof.

whether you live in Singapore or just visiting, it is
well worth spending some time wandering around the area of Little India, 
you just never know what you will find or who you will meet!

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